21 October, 2020

Dutt Vs Dutt

An SP ticket for Sanjay Dutt brings a family feud to the fore

illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Dutt Vs Dutt
Sanjay Dutt may have recently broken off his production tie-up with Ekta Kapoor, but the family feud that erupted in public last week, following his decision to contest elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket, could well have been straight off the script of a typical Ekta serial.

It all began with his younger sister and Mumbai Congress MP Priya Dutt expressing her unhappiness over Sanjay hitching his wagon to the Samajwadi Party instead of the Congress, the party to which the family has traditionally been loyal. She went on to allege that Sanjay's political ambitions were more his wife Maanyata's than his own. Soon enough, you had Sanjay taking the war of words forward, by offering politically incorrect sound bites on how a woman shouldn't keep her father's surname after her marriage; how "no sister gets along with her brother's wife"; and that the only true Mr and Mrs Dutt, inheritors of the Sunil Dutt-Nargis legacy, were he and Maanyata, not Priya.

The differences between the Dutt sisters and their brother have been brewing for a...


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